Board & Key Volunteers

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Our board represents a cross-section of our community and has a passion for our organization and those we serve. The members work hard to ensure long-term sustainability of the organization and oversee that the funds raised directly affect veterans and military families.

 

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Heather Lane
Co-Founder, President 

Dr. Heather Lane is a veterinarian, a strong supporter of veterans and military families and a big believer in the many benefits of the human-animal bond. Dr. Lane thought of the idea of VCAS during her last year of veterinary school and has worked to make VCAS a reality since then. She also holds a Master of Public Health, is a boarded specialist in veterinary preventive medicine and has worked with several organizations and individuals focused on the human-animal bond. She strongly supports the concept of “One Health” and believes that the human-animal bond is an important piece of this. Several generations of her family members have served in the armed forces and she has seen first hand the impact their pets have had on their lives. 

 

Chris Macisco
Co-Founder, Vice President

Chris is a Central Ohio area Realtor and Real Estate investor. Throughout and after his studies at The Ohio State University, he has been involved in numerous political and private industry campaigns, area governing and redevelopment associations, and several charitable organizations. Chris has been fundamental in the formation and development of VCAS. 

 

Megan Esala
Board Member, Trainer

Megan is a dog trainer and canine behavioral specialist. She has been working in this field for 16 years. She’s done it all: Grooming, Kennel Attendant, ER Veterinary Technician, Daycare Handled and District Dog Trainer of two large pet corporation. Her passion lies in animal behavior and she loves working for herself. “Every day is something different and new, and to me, that’s the best part.” 

 

Brittany Pace 
Board Member, Secretary

Brittany Pace is an Associate Attorney at Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP and is a part of the Family Wealth and Estate Planning practice group. She primarily focuses on estate planning, probate, trust and estate administration, and elder law. Brittany received her undergraduate degree in finance from The Ohio State University and her law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. Brittany is a member of The American Bar Association, The Ohio State Bar Association, The Ohio Women’s Bar Association, and The Columbus Bar Association. She is also an accredited attorney with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs and enjoys helping veterans obtain benefits to assist with their long-term care. 

 

Jason Manley
Board Member, Retired Army Staff Sergeant

Jason Manley is a retired Army Staff Sergeant. After graduating from Westland High School in Columbus, Ohio he enlisted in the United States Army. Jason served with the 101st Airborne Division in Iraq from 2003 through 2006 and in Afghanistan in 2008. Over this time he was awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal with four Campaign Stars, four Army Achievement Medals, two Army Commendation Medals, and the Army Commendation Medal with Valor. After serving his country in Iraq and Afghanistan Jason returned home only to find himself in the fight of his life with post-traumatic stress disorder. Struggling to find relief Jason turned to a shelter dog, named Abraham Lincoln. Jason adopted Abraham and through training developed a bond that enriched both of their lives and provided real relief from his symptoms. After experiencing the benefits of an emotional support animal first-hand he then began working at Columbus State Community College and with local leadership to raise awareness. He looks forward to working with Veteran Companion Animal Services to help veterans and shelter dogs in the Columbus area and around Ohio.

 

Michelle Click
Board Member, Treasurer

Michelle Click is a Senior Tax Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP with a specialty in state and local tax. Michelle received her undergraduate degree in accounting and political science from Hiram College and her graduate degree in accounting from The Ohio State University. She has been involved in VCAS since its early days. 

 

 

Bill Morrow
Board Member, Veteran

Bill Morrow has been a member of Toastmasters International for 40 years and has achieved the highest level of Distinguished Toastmaster and received a Presidential citation for many years of service to the organization. Bill is retired now after working as a Verizon Wireless store manager and has held a wide variety positions in sales and marketing departments as well as being the co-owner of Executively Speaking, an executive training company specializing in communications and adult learning. He graduated from Franklin University with a BSBA and served with the Army in Vietnam as a communication specialist. 

KEY VOLUNTEERS

Dan Lane
Web Developer

Dan is the VCAS web developer and also contributes by providing material design and logistical support. Dan is a design engineer with a focus on new product development for medical devices. He attended Case Western University, obtaining a B.S. in mechanical engineering. He is an avid outdoorsman, dog lover and proud supporter of our military. He has been volunteering with VCAS since its incorporation.

 

Tony Macisco

Tony is now semi-retired, providing volunteer services to VCAS, a cause he firmly believes in. Tony’s prior experience of over 40 years as an international law enforcement agent, banking sector professional, adult educator, and security professional in the public and private sectors makes Tony an excellent volunteer in a variety of VCAS roles.  His expertise in building cohesive teams, establishing a vision, and developing strategies to successfully complete duties adds to the success of the VCAS mission.

 

BLOG TEAM

Joe Macisco
Lead Blog Editor

Joe leads a team of MPH student bloggers interested in the VCAS mission. Joe graduated magna cum laude from the Ohio State University with a B.A. in psychology and minors in neuroscience and criminology. He is currently working on a master's degree in public health with a specialization in health behavior and health promotion. Joe is interested in designing games to promote healthy behaviors.

 

Kayla Orso
Blog Editor

Kayla is finishing up her 1st year in a public health Master’s program at Ohio State specializing in Veterinary Public Health. Her main educational interests include food safety and zoonotic diseases. Aside from education, she loves spending her time outdoors with her boyfriend and chocolate Labrador, Lupe. When Kayla grows up, she wants to be the Director of the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Courtney Norjen
Blog Editor

Courtney is a Veterinary and Masters of Public Health student at the Ohio State University.  Her primary interests are in small animal general practice, animal behavior, the human animal bond, and how all of this relates to public health.  Courtney hopes to practice clinical small animal medicine and then eventually transition into the public health field.



Alison Vossmoore
Blog Editor

My Name is Alison and I am a volunteer blogger for VCAS! I am a Virginian who has ended up in Ohio for OSU’s Master’s in Public Health program focusing on veterinary medicine and will starting veterinary school this fall. I come from a military family. My father served in the Marines for 32 years (Oorah!). I very excited about this opportunity to give back and thank veterans and families for their service and sacrifice. At home I have two dogs, a miniature poodle (Oliver) and pitbull boxer mix (Lizzy), and two cats, both domestic short hair rescues (Gunther and Colby). Oliver is a certified therapy dog and together we visit local libraries to participate in reading programs with children!

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